DAMC UAE Champions announced

DAMC UAE Champions announced

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 1000 Class Champion – Arushen Moodley

Arushen Moodley crowned UAE Sportbike Champion….

South African Arushen Moodley was in a class of his own as he scored a remarkable 14 wins out of 14 raceson his way to the Overall and 1000 Class UAE Sportbike Championship.

As a professional rider he was simply too good for the semi-pro racers that make up the local scene and his advantage was clear throughout the season. The South African was beaten twice by Kawasaki guest rider Scott Smart during the course of the championship, although Moodley got maximum points on both occasions as guest riders were ineligible for points. Moodley delighted the motorcycle fraternity with his jaw dropping antics on the all conquering Aprilia RSV4, controlled slides, early power and total commitment into corners were his trademark.

Best of the rest was Moodley’s team mate, Aprilia mounted, Saudi ace Abdulaziz Binladin who finished the season runner-up despite a strong challenge from Dubai based Bahraini Hussein Al Kooheji (Yamaha) and towards the end of the season Kawasaki’s Hennie Sauermann.

Low point of the UAE Sportbike Championship season was ever green Rod Scott’s accident on Race Day 6 which saw the former champion hospitalised and resigned to a long recovery. Adriano Fusillo was also victim of an accident, on the same day, which also saw him hospitalised.

UAE Sportbike Championship Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean

UAE Sportbike Championship
Overall & 600 Class Champion – Pascal Grosjean

Pascal Grosjean (Yamaha) notched up the 600 Class UAE Sportbike Championship, but was made to fight hard for the honour. The diminutive Swiss rider was virtually untouchable in the early stages of his campaign, but by mid-season he had a host of challengers making life exceedingly difficult. Jussi Hoikka (Yamaha) led the charge by taking three wins and runner-up slot in the 600 Class championship.  Honda mounted Jason Burnside, unlucky not to score a win during the year, was always in the thick of the lead battle and ended up third for the season with most improved rider Omran Al Sayed (Kawasaki) finishing fourth scoring his first career win on Race Day 6.

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Overall & Class 1 Champion: Jonathan Simmonds – DXB Racing SEAT

The 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 1, was one of the toughest and most intriguing in the short history of touring car racing in the region. Jonathan Simmonds (DXB Racing SEAT) triumphed after a nail biting season which saw four drivers take top honours. Khalid Al Mutawaa (House of Portier SEAT) set the early season pace with two wins in the opening round of the championship. Simmonds turned things around with double wins in round two with Khalid Bin Hadher (SEAT) winning twice on Race Day 3.

The scene was set for a three way battle, although Bin Hadher would always be on the back foot as he did not score points in the opening round. Mid-season Al Mutawaa did the double again but from that point on his challenge faltered, allowing Simmonds the opportunity to reel him in and eventually take the championship points lead which he held until the championship was declared.

The final tally was six victories for Simmonds, four wins for Al Mutawaa, three in the bag for Bin Hadher and a solitary victory for Mohammed Al Owais who made a cameo appearance at Yas Marina where he powered to a convincing victory in his first race in Class 1.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 2 Champion: Umair Khan – Lap 57 Honda

Nine wins out of 14 races would seem like a walk in the park for Lap 57 driver Umair Khan who was crowned 2009/2010 2009/2010 Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship, Class 2, Champion. In fact it was quite the opposite. Khan was pushed all season long by team mate Omran Al Owais and Aslam Moola. The trio of Hondas circulating bumper to bumper, as if connected by a tow rope, as they slugged it out for maximum points each round.

Al Owais finished runner-up with three wins and Moosla was third overall with two victories. The trio were the cream of a top quality field which included the likes of Jason O’Keefe, former champions Spencer Vanderpal and Zlatko Mulabegovic and Emirati teenager Mohammed Al Mutawaa. Invariably Class 2 of Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship boasted the biggest and, arguably, most competitive fields in UAE national racing.
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda
Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship
Class 3 Champion: Rupesh Channake – Lap 57 Honda

Rupesh Channake was more often than not the only entry in the Class 3 of the Cytech UAE Touring Car Championship. This did not stop him battling it out successfully among Class 2 competitors on his way to notching up the Class 3 title.

Total UAE GT Championship Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

Total UAE GT Championship
Overall & GTA Champion: Karim Al Azhari – House of Portier/TAM Auto Engineering Corvette

It was seven wins out of seven for the UAE’s most successful racing driver Karim Al Azhari who dominated the inaugural 2009/2010 Total UAE GT Championship, GTA Class, in his TAM Auto Engineering prepared House of Portier Corvette. The combination was the class of a strong field of GT campaigners.

Al Azhari was beaten only twice during the course of the season. First time at Yas Marina when German ace Rene Rast was drafted in to guest drive the Cytech Muehlner Porsche and once at Dubai Autodrome when Andrew Donaldson powered to victory for the Cytech Muehlner team. Both times Al Azhari still scored maximum points as guest drivers are ineligible to score in the championship.

Julian Griffin, driving the DXB Racing Dodge Viper, took the runner-up slot despite not scoring points in the first two rounds. Thereafter he became a force in the title chase and would often be in the thick of battle with the likes of Abu Dhabi Falcons Porsche duo of Khalid Al Qubaisi and Saif Al Assam. Early on in the season the Khaleji Motorsport Porsche in the hands of Tarek Elgammal and Cabell Fisher looked most likely to challenge Al Azhari, but mechanical problems ruled them out of the final rounds.

Total UAE GT Championship GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Total UAE GT Championship
GTB Champion: Paul Denby – Khaleji Motorsport Porsche

Paul Denby (Khaleji Motorsport Porsche) was a serious contender for the overall Total UAE GT Championship until late on in the season, but with Al Azhari 100% record he had to settle for the GTB championship title with five wins out of a possible seven. Occasionally sharing driving duties with Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Denby was untouchable from the third race onwards in the GTB Class.

Providing a gallant challenge throughout the season was privateer Harris Irfan in the ARM prepared Porsche who notched up one victory on his way to GTB championship runner-up slot. Jonathan Simmonds scored a solitary win in the DXB Aston Martin before concentrating his attention on his touring car campaign, while his team mate Frederic Gaillard finished third in the GTB championship in his DXB Racing Mitsubishi.

GulfSport Radical Cup Champion – Jordan Grogor
GulfSport Radical Cup
Champion – Jordan Grogor

The tragic circumstances of Christophe Hissette’s accident during qualifying for the GulfSport Radical Cup on the last race day of the season has been well documented and inevitably cast a massive cloud over the 2009/2010 motorsport season throughout the region.

Hissette went out on for his final session knowing he had an outside chance of stealing the GulfSport Radical Cup series title from fellow AUH Motorsport team mate Jordan Grogor. The two were the toast of the field from the first race onwards with close but fair racing, “rubbing is racing” summed up the duel’s between the two.

Early on Grogor had the upper hand, despite Hissette winning the first race of the season, upon which Grogor took six wins out of a possible seven and by mid-season appeared to have his hands on the title. What followed was a remarkably gutsy fight back from Hissette where he took the chequered flag six times in eight races with Grogor only scoring one win during this period.

The two drivers were in opposite modes with Grogor protecting a championship lead and Hissette challenging with nothing to lose. In the end, the final two races did not take place. Grogor took the 2009/2010 GulfSport Radical Cup championship title, which by his own admission, under circumstances he loathed.

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2019 Best clips 🎥

The #AustralianGP couldn't have got off to a more dramatic start! 💢

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I was sitting right in front of this when it happened!! I've never seen a rider get so high...

That was a vicious highside I'm glad they both came out ok

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Spat out off the track...

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13 hrs ago


Meet Yan Ting - an F1 volunteer in Singapore for ten years 😊

One of hundreds helping F1 run safely and smoothly every year 👊
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Heck I'd volunteer as well. So you don't get paid with money. You get paid with the excitement of being part of the greatest sport and just plain fun.

I would volunteer... What a privilege to be a part of this amazing sport and to have the chance to get so close to the action. Everyone appreciates all of the hard work they do in all weathers and if they didn't love it they wouldn't do it... Thanks to everyone who helps to keep the sport that I love going ❤️🏁🏁🏁

Considering the volume of comments complaining they don’t get paid you don’t hear volunteers complaining. They do it for the love of Motorsport and the chance in some small way to be involved. Not everything has to be about money!

I just don't get it. F1 is a multi million if not billion £ business. So why don't theses fantastic people get paid? Without them there would be no F1. Don't treat people's passion as an excuse to use and not pay them for their very important work. Am I wrong?

Singapore F1 has the greatest staff & so friendly

The very fact that F1 moves so many millions, and there are unpaid volunteers workers sickens me to be honest. Selling people the idea that by volunteering, they are doing good, they have a super opportunity, post their face on social media, making them feel special, and saving yourself the wagesnin the process sickens me.I love watching the races, the tech etc, but F1 shame on you. I'm pretty sure there is no one in the F1 scene short of a few quid, and I'm pretty sure that some of these volunteers would most definitely appreciate the money as well as the chance to work on the circuit. Everything isn't about the money unless your a capitalist company making money off the backs of others. Shame on you f1

This is my good friend and fellow SGP marshal Yeo Yan Ting...

For everyone complaining about the free labor. Its VOLUNTEER work not like it's against anyone's will. Secondly volunteer for a race sometime and you will understand the point. I volunteer for the pikes peak hill climb every year. I get to experience a badass event for a little work while others are paying $180+ for the same experience. A little free work is well worth it.

Why are people complaining about money? They are volunteers not slave. I volunteered at the Montreal tennis tournament for over 10 years. Doing office work. I got to watch all the matches for free and got to meet/talk to all kinds of players like Agassi, Graf, Hingis and Federer. It was fun. I’m guessing the people volunteering at the race gets to watch F1 for free and see/hear the cars up close. For any race fan that is just priceless.

It is impossible to not get paid, unless you do work for a non profit organization. I'm very sure the "volunteer" name is just that, a name, I refuse to believe F1 is exploiting human workforce to save some bucks.

I'd bang Yan Ting I'd have her panting #yeahman

I agree...why can’t F1 pay these people. We lost one volunteer due to an accident at the Montreal F1 a few years ago. Is it worth volunteering for nothing and risking your life?

Why does F1 even need volunteers when you are willing to spend endless piles of money on everything else? Props to the people who do it but when you charge 5k for Paddock Club tickets it seems to me you could do with paying all these wonderful people for their work...

Singapore GP is the best one I have been to. Vietnam is next on my list as I have fancied a holiday there for a while but will take me a few years to save enough money.

Why is everyone so outraged that the volunteers don’t get paid? People travel all over the world for some events and this is something they’re willing to do as a hobby/do it in their spare time. I’ve been doing it for a year now and did this years Singapore Grand Prix. I would always volunteer to do this as it is an absolute privilege to be officiating at such an awesome event. The organisers always look after us so well with meals and nice souvenirs. So for those that are outraged by it. Maybe you should come join us sometime.

She speaks pretty well. Of course her accent is really hearable, but her grammar is on a high level!

With the money the sport brings in they should be payed.

Those idiots that run F1 should pay these people, sky and channel 4 pay their team money.. loads I imagine.. probably don’t get even a Christmas box

Do they get paid for their work? because the tickets are very expensive

More on these behind the scenes people they're also very important 😎

Really enjoyed my days in timing and scoring.

That’s amazing! So jealous she gets to work on track !

I wonder why no one sponsors them.🤔. Plenty of space for logos on their overalls. Might earn themselves a few quid too.

Many people asked ...."Why do you still officiate/volunteer? .. Do they pay you? "......If you have to ask, you simply won’t understand

Seriously, no volunteers please, alwais professionals. It can risk lives in the accidents.

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I cant wait to see what the new honda will look like....

Unfortunately in Brazil we will not be able to see this top bike this year, the closed TV channel that was broadcasting did not renew and we ended up staying at a loss !!! Too bad for Moto Gp lovers in Brazil, last year without a super bike and this year without a Moto Gp !!! What the hell!!!

You can't really see the motorcycles because of all the sponsors but I suppose they look great, it's Ducati.

Je ne trouve pas qu il y est de grand changement une écriture en noir a la place du blanc . Ducati fait du Honda . Les couleur de pramac était belle

Killer look! Love it! 😎 great job! It has been the most 'non traditional looking' bike and it's getting more and more different and high tech looking.

Should’ve been Miller with Dovi. Much better rider on the second rate bike, would smash it on the factory bike. Typical euro decision

Great looking bike, a pity you don't have a rider to exploit its full potential. Jack Miller would fill that requirement perfectly.

Amazing, Ducati fan here but hope we have a good season this year. Im more on, close competition and pushing the skill and other bikes to the limits. That's more exciting keeping my *ss on my couch.

Awesome lookin bikes, Hope their up the pointy end more often but with 43 on the front 🇦🇺

Looks more WSB than Moto gp. Sponsors looking crowded and messy. Also needs more white. Just my opinion but it's a shame as it used to be the best looking bike and the best colour.

A top innovative team with mediocre riders. Always poor rider choices who can win few races but not championship. Give this bike to Bagnaia/Miller and see the magic. The biggest mistake was getting rid of Lorenzo.

Hoping for consistency for top riders and teams this season to challenge the atomic ant!🐜

Look great but I don’t think the 2 of them together can catch. 93

Ducats is under VW motors so it's Germany machine & Italian passion design qual to super straight line speed, hopefully they worked on the cornering speed so well

Looking forward to the Honda v Ducati battle again.Amazing to watch,great TV.

So looking forward to the start of the new season 😁😁

Bikes look amazing...So do the performance....Pity that Ducati doesn't have a championship winning rider...🤕🤕..

It’s the same as last year, the year before, and every other year.

Essas Ducatti estão tops é só esperar o show✊

L avant de lla moto est bien plus affûté

la seule chose visible qui a changé c'est les couleurs du casque de Dovi 😉

Linda che, aunqe para mi nunca superara en el aspecto visual a la gp7 u 8

Bonsoir je voudrais savoir si le Moto GP est toujours diffusé sur Canal+ cette année

Go Dovi all MotoGP fans support you for win MotoGP titles and we so boring watch marq win the boring titles

I can't see the motorcycle name anywhere on the the bikes, what the heck.

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